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Howie Carr thread week of Dec 9, 2012
howiecarr.us ^ | 12/9/12 | raccoonradio

Posted on 12/09/2012 3:30:11 AM PST by raccoonradio

Howie tjread for the week starting with his Sunday Boston Herald column


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: howiecarr; talkradio

1 posted on 12/09/2012 3:30:19 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Menino gets snow jobbed
By Howie Carr | Sunday, December 9, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists

Photo by Ted Fitzgerald (file)
Laid up at Spaulding Rehab, Mumbles Menino is making like Santa Claus. The recuperating mayor is making a list and checking it twice. He’s gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.

And No. 1 on Menino’s naughty list is his predecessor as mayor, Ray Flynn. You might have missed it, but right after Menino’s first TV interviews, Raybo drove out to Ch. 25 to give an interview to Maria Stephanos about the plight of his dear pal.

Ever since, I’ve been waiting to hear that assessors from Boston City Hall have swarmed over One Flint Place, and that the assessment on Raybo’s house has been jacked up to, say, $10 million.

The piece begins with Maria mentioning that she and Flynn have just watched the interview, in which Menino didn’t look so hot, to put it mildly. Maria says to Raybo, “It was difficult for you?”

He stares straight ahead, in rapt silence. For almost 10 seconds. See, Raybo’s overcome with emotion, or something. Finally Maria says, in her concerned voice, “Are you OK?”

“Yeah,” he says, haltingly, then chokes up again for maybe another three seconds.

Maria finally puts her hand on Flynn’s forearm to console him in his grief.

“It’s all right,” she says.

“All right.” Pause. “Yeah, all right.”

Wow. The average viewer was probably thinking, Raybo must really love this guy.

“I’ve known Tommy for a long, long period of time.” Get that — he calls him Tommy. They must be tight. “To see him as I just saw him, it’s a different Tom Menino than I’ve ever seen before. You know we’ve had our political differences over the years. However, this is not political, it’s personal, and it makes me sad to see him in that condition.”

Let’s consider those political differences.

When Ray returned to Boston in 1996, he wanted to run for Congress. Menino wouldn’t endorse him over a Boston city councilor and a state rep. Ray lost and never forgave him.

After a blizzard, he ripped Menino’s snow removal under a headline, “We did it better.” In 2009 Raybo endorsed Mike Flaherty and Sam Yoon for mayor against Menino. Then this year he went with U.S. Sen. Scott Brown against Menino’s candidate, the fake Indian.

Apart from all that, and a bunch of other disputes I don’t have room to chronicle, the two mayors have always been thisclose.

Maria asked Raybo if he wanted to offer any advice to the only other living mayor of Boston.

“I only can point out, if I had the chance to — I wrote to him, I put in requests to meet with him, maybe this isn’t the time to do that, but if he asked me I’d say there’s a big world out there ...”

And then there was that anti-casino rally in Eastie that Raybo showed up to.

Maria asked Flynn who he thinks is in charge at City Hall.

“I really don’t know. I don’t know how you do that. I used to say you can’t run the city from City Hall, and you certainly can’t run it from a hospital bed.”

If nothing else, with this 3 minute, 58 seconds of videotape, Flynn proved that when he wants to, he can still insert the needle with the best of them. He and Maria started talking about how Menino can no longer move about the city.

“He’s sick, he can’t do it and I think that’s the part — you know, look, it troubles him, there’s no doubt about it. But for me to see that film it’s troubling to me as well — for him — because I know him, I know him well, I respect him. You know it just bothered me to no end.”

If I ever get sick, please don’t let Ray Flynn go on TV to talk about what a great guy I am. It would bother me to no end.

Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061180554


2 posted on 12/09/2012 3:32:05 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Menino gets snow jobbed
By Howie Carr | Sunday, December 9, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists

Photo by Ted Fitzgerald (file)
Laid up at Spaulding Rehab, Mumbles Menino is making like Santa Claus. The recuperating mayor is making a list and checking it twice. He’s gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.

And No. 1 on Menino’s naughty list is his predecessor as mayor, Ray Flynn. You might have missed it, but right after Menino’s first TV interviews, Raybo drove out to Ch. 25 to give an interview to Maria Stephanos about the plight of his dear pal.

Ever since, I’ve been waiting to hear that assessors from Boston City Hall have swarmed over One Flint Place, and that the assessment on Raybo’s house has been jacked up to, say, $10 million.

The piece begins with Maria mentioning that she and Flynn have just watched the interview, in which Menino didn’t look so hot, to put it mildly. Maria says to Raybo, “It was difficult for you?”

He stares straight ahead, in rapt silence. For almost 10 seconds. See, Raybo’s overcome with emotion, or something. Finally Maria says, in her concerned voice, “Are you OK?”

“Yeah,” he says, haltingly, then chokes up again for maybe another three seconds.

Maria finally puts her hand on Flynn’s forearm to console him in his grief.

“It’s all right,” she says.

“All right.” Pause. “Yeah, all right.”

Wow. The average viewer was probably thinking, Raybo must really love this guy.

“I’ve known Tommy for a long, long period of time.” Get that — he calls him Tommy. They must be tight. “To see him as I just saw him, it’s a different Tom Menino than I’ve ever seen before. You know we’ve had our political differences over the years. However, this is not political, it’s personal, and it makes me sad to see him in that condition.”

Let’s consider those political differences.

When Ray returned to Boston in 1996, he wanted to run for Congress. Menino wouldn’t endorse him over a Boston city councilor and a state rep. Ray lost and never forgave him.

After a blizzard, he ripped Menino’s snow removal under a headline, “We did it better.” In 2009 Raybo endorsed Mike Flaherty and Sam Yoon for mayor against Menino. Then this year he went with U.S. Sen. Scott Brown against Menino’s candidate, the fake Indian.

Apart from all that, and a bunch of other disputes I don’t have room to chronicle, the two mayors have always been thisclose.

Maria asked Raybo if he wanted to offer any advice to the only other living mayor of Boston.

“I only can point out, if I had the chance to — I wrote to him, I put in requests to meet with him, maybe this isn’t the time to do that, but if he asked me I’d say there’s a big world out there ...”

And then there was that anti-casino rally in Eastie that Raybo showed up to.

Maria asked Flynn who he thinks is in charge at City Hall.

“I really don’t know. I don’t know how you do that. I used to say you can’t run the city from City Hall, and you certainly can’t run it from a hospital bed.”

If nothing else, with this 3 minute, 58 seconds of videotape, Flynn proved that when he wants to, he can still insert the needle with the best of them. He and Maria started talking about how Menino can no longer move about the city.

“He’s sick, he can’t do it and I think that’s the part — you know, look, it troubles him, there’s no doubt about it. But for me to see that film it’s troubling to me as well — for him — because I know him, I know him well, I respect him. You know it just bothered me to no end.”

If I ever get sick, please don’t let Ray Flynn go on TV to talk about what a great guy I am. It would bother me to no end.

Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061180554


3 posted on 12/09/2012 3:33:09 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

It was a good column, rr; definitely worth reading twice.

thisclose...clever.

Who was it that Mumbles endorsed in 1996?


4 posted on 12/09/2012 4:07:32 AM PST by LurkingSince1943 (Former War Criminal)
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To: raccoonradio

This only adds to my inability to understand Massholes and their politics and politicians.


5 posted on 12/09/2012 4:19:52 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: LurkingSince1943; Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Antique Gal; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; ...

Yeah I think I hit the button a second time, or the FR software hiccuped.

Wikipedia says Menino ran unopposed in 97. Entry for
Mumbles:
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Menino served nine years on Boston’s city council when Ray Flynn left the mayor’s seat to become United States Ambassador to the Holy See. Menino, the council president at the time, became acting mayor for four months. He was elected to his first term in November 1993, defeating State Representative James Brett 64% to 36%. He became the city’s first non-Irish-American mayor since 1930. After running unopposed for a second term in 1997, Menino defeated Boston City Councilor Peggy Davis-Mullen in 2001 for a third term with 76% of the vote[2] and in 2005 garnered 67% of the vote in beating Maura Hennigan, another councilor.


etc.
Speaking of the Holy See there’s a pun in the Beatles
movie Yellow Submarine. “Is that the Sea of Holes?”—
“Or the Holy See?”

btw I remember Howie used to imply Raybo was a bit of a drinker, on air (speaking of which The Mayor of the Neighborhoods used to have an RKO gig). I don’t know if Flynn was, though. Howie would play a bit of Ray speaking and in the background you’d hear a tinkling piano, mellow a la Floyd Cramer, and finally you’d hear the vocals and realize it was an old ad jingle:

“If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the beer...”

Also Howie brought up on air the pic of Ray as amb. to the Vatican, holding up an umbrella to protect His Eminence. How did Ray look? As Jerry Williams, used to say, he looked...
“...annoyed...”


Trivia: It was said recently that a minority could become mayor of Boston if Menino doesn’t run again (or even if
he does). The Herald, I think, pointed out that “Boston has only had white (and male) mayors for the past 190 years.”
Curious, I looked it up and found that 190 years ago or so,
Boston was still a “town” and got its first mayor around
1822 or so, thus the above statement.

>> There was no Mayor of Boston until 1822 because up to that point Boston was still incorporated as a town. The current mayor is Thomas Menino.

Mayors since WWII: Maurice Tobin, John Kerrigan, James Curley, John Hynes, John Collins, Kevin White, Ray Flynn,
Tom Menino


6 posted on 12/09/2012 4:21:36 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio; GOPsterinMA

And worth pointing out, the last GOP Mayor of Boston was Malcolm Edwin Nichols, who served from 1926-1930 (in between Jim Curley’s numerous terms).


7 posted on 12/09/2012 4:26:14 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Past Your Eyes

In freaking deed. Any state that would vote down a tax Decrease is phoqued up.


8 posted on 12/09/2012 4:54:18 AM PST by onona (Merry Christmas Brothers and Sisters)
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To: raccoonradio

Well, we cetainly have been studying Wikipedia since early this morning.

One bit of trivia I found was when Mumbles was challanged on his promise to only run for two terms as Boston’s mayor. As he announced for a third term, he clarified his promise to only run two times “in each century.”

I wonder what excuse he’ll use next time, assuming he’s still alive?

For some reason, the name Mel King comes to mind in answer to Howie Carr’s obscure reference to the 1996 congressional race. I’ll keep looking.


9 posted on 12/09/2012 4:55:14 AM PST by LurkingSince1943 (Former War Criminal)
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To: LurkingSince1943

Interesting about Menino...when you asked about Mumbles in 96 I went off on a tangent about Menino opponents etc.; oops, getting back to that 96 race...not sure who Joe K rang against:

(Ray Flynn):
>>Following his service as ambassador, Flynn ran unsuccessfully for Massachusetts’s 8th congressional district seat that was being vacated by Joseph Patrick Kennedy II in 1998.

Joe Kennedy:
>>In 1986, incumbent Democrat and Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, who had held 8th Congressional district seat since 1953, announced his retirement. Kennedy decided to run for the seat, which his uncle, former President John F. Kennedy, had held from 1947 to 1953. The Democratic nomination was contested by a number of well-known Democrats including State Senator George Bachrach and State Representative Mel King. However, Kennedy garnered endorsements from The Boston Globe and the retiring O’Neill. Kennedy won the primary with 53%. He won the general election with 72% of the vote. He won re-election in 1988 (80%), 1990 (72%), 1992 (83%), 1994 (99%), and 1996 (84%).


Comedian Steve Sweeney used to imitate Kevin White and
at one point said, in White’s voice, “...then there was Mel King. Mel King, who woulda won only he looked too much
like Grady from Sanford and Son...”


10 posted on 12/09/2012 5:04:44 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: onona
In freaking deed. Any state that would vote down a tax Decrease is phoqued up.

We do vote correctly much of the time. Our elected representatives change our minds for us, ipso facto.

California is about to find out what living under one-party rule is like. It ain't pretty.

I get a kick out of FReepers who denigrate the politics of a certain state, e.g. Massachusetts, California, New Jersey, etc.. When I click on their About page to see which paradise they live in, it usually comes up, oh, I don't know, Michigan or Illinois or even, gasp, New York! j/k

The only place that I've ever lived that passed the smell test is Wyoming. Texas might be close, but I've never lived there.

11 posted on 12/09/2012 5:09:12 AM PST by LurkingSince1943 (Former War Criminal)
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He’ll be the last GOP MOB for the next 100 years too.

The Glob had an op-ed the other day that said Glove should run for MOB. I got a loud laugh outta that!


12 posted on 12/09/2012 7:01:07 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (The autopsy will show that this nation committed suicide.)
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To: Past Your Eyes
Eyes: Think Harps vs Wops, Southey vs Hyde Park, patronage, graft, power, things along those lines.
13 posted on 12/09/2012 12:36:32 PM PST by Little Bill (A)
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To: Little Bill

It won’t help. I’ll still never understand that kind of thinking.


14 posted on 12/09/2012 2:53:48 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: LurkingSince1943

Smiling ouchie !

Touche, touche, touche !

Perhaps I should rephrase that..............


15 posted on 12/09/2012 4:37:38 PM PST by onona (Merry Christmas Brothers and Sisters)
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To: raccoonradio; neverdem; Jim Robinson; John Robinson
Yeah I think I hit the button a second time, or the FR software hiccuped.

I'm quite sure it's not your fault, FRiend. There has been lots of "hiccupping" FR software over the past several weeks.

EVERY ping I get from every FReeper is in duplicate or triplicate now. It's ridiculous and very annoying.

16 posted on 12/09/2012 11:16:48 PM PST by nutmeg
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Tue column ping

Deval may nix collectors, but he’ll still take your $
By Howie Carr | Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists

Photo by Patrick Whittemore
Nice try, Gov. Patrick, but you got it exactly backward.

First we get rid of the tolls, then we fire the toll takers.

Eliminating all those nasty toll takers is a nice little Christmas stocking stuffer. Keyword: little. Kind of like a $5 gift certificate to, say, Ben & Jerry’s.

It’s a moral victory of sorts. But the toll money will still be extracted by the hundreds of millions of dollars from Pike drivers, 25 years after the tolls themselves were supposed to end.

The sad thing is, Local 127 has been keeping its nose clean lately. I mean, it’s been more than three years now since one of the International Brotherhood was charged with dismembering and cooking his cocaine dealer.

That case went into the annals of American labor history, along with Samuel L. Gompers and Joe Hill. Talk about a battle cry that will echo down through the ages: “The union grieves his unjust suspension for the criminal allegation of murder.”

Isn’t it great how so many of the Pike hacks now wear rubber gloves? They want to avoid being contaminated by... taxpayers.

Sure, I’ve had my problems with the Pike toll collectors over the years. One time the president of 127 claimed to have seen me spitting on the coins at the Allston tolls before handing them over to him. Does that make any sense? Why would I spit on my own hand when some of it would have probably ended up on my pants?

Actually, the tolls haven’t been nearly as much fun since they got rid of the exact-change baskets. Back then every trip through Allston was like buying a scratch ticket — you could always win, if the bucket had gotten stopped up and all the scaredy-cat drivers just continued throwing coins, and even bills, into the stuffed-up bucket.

Until I arrived on the scene. I would scoop out piles and piles of change and legal tender and toss it onto the front seat. I wasn’t greedy; I always left some for the next driver to steal. So now Deval wants “open road tolling.” Naturally no toll takers would be fired immediately, not even the handful who aren’t related to State House hacks. The changeover to this automated system would cost only $100 million.

What a bargain.

Have you ever gone through the Allston tolls at dawn on a Sunday morning? Most of the time, they have three booths open on each side. Count ’em, three. Good luck finding two booths open in either direction during rush hour. Democrats, Republicans, nothing ever changes.

The toll collectors may be on their way out, but not the tolls, and certainly not Local 127.

It’s the hackerama.

Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061181031


17 posted on 12/11/2012 12:56:57 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Tue column ping

Deval may nix collectors, but he’ll still take your $
By Howie Carr | Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists

Photo by Patrick Whittemore
Nice try, Gov. Patrick, but you got it exactly backward.

First we get rid of the tolls, then we fire the toll takers.

Eliminating all those nasty toll takers is a nice little Christmas stocking stuffer. Keyword: little. Kind of like a $5 gift certificate to, say, Ben & Jerry’s.

It’s a moral victory of sorts. But the toll money will still be extracted by the hundreds of millions of dollars from Pike drivers, 25 years after the tolls themselves were supposed to end.

The sad thing is, Local 127 has been keeping its nose clean lately. I mean, it’s been more than three years now since one of the International Brotherhood was charged with dismembering and cooking his cocaine dealer.

That case went into the annals of American labor history, along with Samuel L. Gompers and Joe Hill. Talk about a battle cry that will echo down through the ages: “The union grieves his unjust suspension for the criminal allegation of murder.”

Isn’t it great how so many of the Pike hacks now wear rubber gloves? They want to avoid being contaminated by... taxpayers.

Sure, I’ve had my problems with the Pike toll collectors over the years. One time the president of 127 claimed to have seen me spitting on the coins at the Allston tolls before handing them over to him. Does that make any sense? Why would I spit on my own hand when some of it would have probably ended up on my pants?

Actually, the tolls haven’t been nearly as much fun since they got rid of the exact-change baskets. Back then every trip through Allston was like buying a scratch ticket — you could always win, if the bucket had gotten stopped up and all the scaredy-cat drivers just continued throwing coins, and even bills, into the stuffed-up bucket.

Until I arrived on the scene. I would scoop out piles and piles of change and legal tender and toss it onto the front seat. I wasn’t greedy; I always left some for the next driver to steal. So now Deval wants “open road tolling.” Naturally no toll takers would be fired immediately, not even the handful who aren’t related to State House hacks. The changeover to this automated system would cost only $100 million.

What a bargain.

Have you ever gone through the Allston tolls at dawn on a Sunday morning? Most of the time, they have three booths open on each side. Count ’em, three. Good luck finding two booths open in either direction during rush hour. Democrats, Republicans, nothing ever changes.

The toll collectors may be on their way out, but not the tolls, and certainly not Local 127.

It’s the hackerama.

Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061181031


18 posted on 12/11/2012 12:57:53 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Menino: The Godfather who makes you an offer nobody can understand... until it'sa too late. Mumble though he may, at least the Menino doesn't talk with that fake sort of an Irish brogue all too many of you Massholes affect, especially after a few drinks.

bu-bye, Ray.

BTW,although I cannot understand the Warren selection by Americans, I must congratulate the Indian Maiden for being the first Masshole Pol to pretend to be something other than Irish. I include that fine broth of a lad, Deval Patrick, and that friendly Son of the Ould Sod Himself, John Kerry.

19 posted on 12/11/2012 9:43:40 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (Say, whatever happened to Reggie Love?)
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Wed column ping

Bobby Kennedy can’t tune out his delusions
He calls the media a right wing conspiracy, but ...
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists

Photo by Bloomberg
What planet is Robert F. Kennedy Jr. living on?

He was interviewed on the Internet last week by some squirrelly guy with what now seems to be the obligatory English accent. And so Kennedy, a convicted felon (heroin possession, 1983, South Dakota) pointed the finger at a new vast right-wing conspiracy:

“(It’s) the right wing control of the American media starting with Fox News. Ninety-five percent of talk radio in our country is right wing ... so a whole section of our country that’s what they’re hearing.”

You don’t say, Junior.

If you subtract Fox News from the TV mix, 100 percent of the television networks, cable and broadcast, are liberal. If you don’t include a handful of metro newspapers, including this one, the New York Post and the Washington Times, approximately 98 percent of the print press is liberal.

As for talk radio, Bobby, do you realize that most of the free speech that so offends you is on the AM band? AM, as in Ancient Modulation, as it’s called on the Internet. Only one-fifth of the population ever listens to AM anymore. The vast majority of people under the age of 30 are about as likely to listen to AM radio as they are to tune in to a shortwave broadcast.

AM radio is dying. Why do you think I’m so desperate to escape the AM band?

And yet ... despite its inferior, outdated technology, AM radio hangs on, with conservative talk its sole raison d’etre. When you’re driving, what’s the alternative — NPR? More snotty English accents delivering more slanted left-wing news.

Yet even with the media deck totally stacked in the moonbats’ favor, this spoiled Kennedy punk still isn’t happy. It’s so much easier to blame everything on Fox and talk radio.

“It’s divided our country in a way we haven’t been divided probably since the Civil War.”

You can understand why Kennedy — and other clowns like Joe Scarborough — hate talk radio so much. Remember what it — we — did to Bobby’s uncle Ted, replaying his references to “Sen. Osama bin — er, Obama.” And keeping Teddy on the air as he slurred his words, attacking the host for spewing “dribble” and being a tool of “Rudolph Murdoch.” And then there was his son Patches, who once said, “I myself have educated myself.”

The Kennedys have been very, very good to talk radio.

But Bobby has another problem. Like so many reformed junkies, he’s gotten religion. Unfortunately, the religion is green. These global-warming cultists have no tolerance for anyone else’s beliefs, the First Amendment be damned.

Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061181302


20 posted on 12/12/2012 10:14:23 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Are we certain that BK Jr. is a “reformed” junkie?


21 posted on 12/12/2012 10:33:07 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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breaking via news talk 96.9

>Just in: A judge has declared a mistrial in former Massachusetts treasurer Tim Cahill’s corruption case after jurors failed to reach a verdict during seven days of deliberations.


22 posted on 12/12/2012 11:55:58 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Special Wed column ping. btw a tweet from Mark Schnyder of
Boston Radio Watch:
>>No one touches Howie Carr on local news days like this. There are many days like this in Boston.This why 96.9 is being donated to the Mayans

Who knew a kid from Quincy could be this lucky?
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists

Photo by Mark Garfinkel
You’re Tim Cahill, and you just hit the Lottery.

A tie may be like kissing your sister, but a hung jury means you’re okay...

You’re Marsha Coakley, and what a revolting development this is.

You’re oh-for-three – Scott Brown, Scott Campbell, and now Tim Cahill.

You hired a new anti-corruption guy to get you a hack’s scalp or two, and what do you have to show for it? Just another run of those same old jokes.

If you want to hide something real good, just stick it in one of Marsha’s law books.

When it comes to finding crooked pols, Marsha will leave no stone unturned... except the one the perps are hiding under.

You’re Marsha Coakley, and you’ve haven’t been this embarrassed in court since Tooky Amirault got sprung.

You’re Tim Cahill, and you know every other ex-treasurer is breathing a sigh of relief.

Who knew in 2010 that Marsha had decided that putting your name and photo on the Unclaimed Money List was now a felony? Certainly not you, or Shannon O’Brien, or Joe Malone, or Bob Crane.

If your attorney, Brad Bailey, had been as good at politics as he was at criminal law, he’d still be the High Sheriff of Middlesex County.

You’re Tim Cahill, and thank God none of the jurors apparently noticed that monogram on your shirt on the front page of the Herald this morning – makes you look a little less the poor street kid from Quincy you’ve been pretending to be all these weeks.

You’re Marsha Coakley, and you know, you just know, that down on Northern Avenue, Carmen Ortiz is having a good chuckle right now.

You’re Marsha Coakley, and how come every other prosecutor with a million e-mails to wade through always gets a conviction, and you can’t.

To paraphrase John Kerry, can I get me a hunting license for a House speaker here?

No? You mean Carmen Ortiz has first dibs on that too? Is it too late to ask Deval for one of those judgeships he’ll be handing out as soon as Mary-Ellen Manning is gone from the Governor’s Council?

You’re Tim Cahill, and does anyone need any leaves raked?

You used to have a little restaurant – Fisticuffs, er, I mean Handshakes – so maybe you could open a pub like Sen. Bob Hedlund.

You’re Marsha Coakley, and is it too late to indict Dianne Wilkerson and Chuck “Superfly” Turner?

You’re Marsha Coakley, and why, oh why didn’t you skip that premature victory tour to Washington at the end of 2009? Why didn’t you just keep campaigning for the Senate seat Brown won?

You’re Tim Cahill, and why, oh why didn’t you just skip that run for governor in 2010? Why didn’t you just keep running for re-election for treasurer?

Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061181485


23 posted on 12/12/2012 1:06:12 PM PST by raccoonradio
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Thu column ping—a bit of yesterday’s web exclusive
re-written with at least one idea from a listener!
(”Technically, it is not illegal to be Tim Cahill in Massachusetts.”) And Howie put in one quip he made
during the Chumpline, about Mistral/Mistrial.

Chalk up yet another flub to Marsha
By Howie Carr | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
You’re Martha Coakley, and you’re wondering, who the hell talked you into indicting Tim Cahill.

You set up this whole new anti-corruption unit to get yourself a hack’s scalp or two, and what do you have to show for it? Just another round of those same old jokes about “Marsha” Coakley.

If you want to hide something real good, just stick it in one of Marsha’s law books.

When it comes to finding crooked pols, Marsha will leave no stone unturned ... except the one the perps are hiding under.

Somewhere Tooky Amirault is smiling.

Old Marsha Coakley quote: “Technically, it is not illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts.”

New Marsha Coakley quote: “Technically, it is not illegal to be Tim Cahill in Massachusetts.”

Tim Cahill is a laughingstock, but suddenly when he goes up against Marsha, he turns into Scott Brown — the Scott Brown of 2010.

Is it too late to indict Dianne Wilkerson and Chuck Turner one more time? To paraphrase John Kerry, can I get me a hunting license for a House speaker here?

If only you could have charged Cahill with open and gross stupidity. ...

But now he gets to limp back to the hospitality industry.

There’s already that chi-chi joint on Columbus Avenue named Mistral, so maybe Cahill can call his place Mistrial.

Meet your friends in the Unindicted Coconspirator Room! Order the hottest new drink in town, the Mad Marsha Martini.

You’re Marsha Coakley, and AG seemed like such a comfortable gig. All you had to do was go along to get along, like the corrupt sheriff in Jim Thompson’s novel “Pop. 1280,” who knew he had it made “as long as I didn’t arrest no one unless I just couldn’t get out of it and they didn’t amount to nothin’.”

You know, someone like ex-state Rep. Brian Wallace of Southie.

Why didn’t you just go the Wallace route with Cahill — refer the case to the State Ethics Commission and settle for a heavy fine ($35,000). Brian Wallace, a poor little fat guy, his life ruined for unitemized Twinkie purchases.

You’re Marsha Coakley, and you know, you just know, that down on Northern Avenue, Carmen Ortiz is having a good chuckle right now.

And you also realize that Gov. Patrick really does want her to succeed him, because for one thing, she’s not from Massachusetts, and you are, which means you can never really be part of the Deval gang.

How come every other prosecutor with a million e-mails for evidence can get a conviction, and you can’t?

You’re Marsha Coakley, and why didn’t you skip that fundraiser in D.C. at the end of 2009? Why didn’t you shut up about “standing outside Fenway Park [map]” in the cold? Why didn’t you know that Curt Schilling [stats] was not just “another Yankee fan.”

Why oh why oh why?

If wishes were horses, Marsha Coakley would fly.

Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061181602


24 posted on 12/13/2012 12:24:53 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Fri column ping

btw the latest
AP/Herald

A law enforcement official says the suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is 24-year-old Ryan Lanza and that his younger brother is being held for questioning as a possible second shooter. The law enforcement official says the boys’ mother, Nancy Lanza, works at the school as a teacher. The official also said Ryan Lanza’s girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said the suspect is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.

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Setting the stage for Scott Brown vs. the world

Friday, December 14, 2012

I’m going to see U.S. Sen. Scott Brown tomorrow afternoon in Orleans. It was just supposed to be a book signing for both of us. Now maybe it’ll be the unofficial kickoff to the 2013 U.S. Senate race.

Not that we’re all hoping U.S. Sen. John “Liveshot” Kerry is finally, finally on his way out. Hey, Senator, here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?

What a great secretary of state Liveshot will make if only Obama will give him the nod. Talk about impeccable judgment. This is a guy who wanted John Edwards to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Last year he trekked to Damascus and assured everyone that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was a reformer and a very decent man.

Liveshot can really pick ’em, can’t he?

But the man can get things done. Just ask that fire hydrant that used to be in front of his mansion.

What matters is that, knock on wood, Kerry’s gone, and now Brown has another shot. Sure, he’ll be the underdog again, but what else is new? He’s a Republican in Massachusetts.

A lot of what remains of the local GOP is still shell-shocked from Nov. 6. They can’t believe Scott lost to an empty pants suit like Granny Warren. But he just happened to be standing on the beach when the tidal wave hit.

Assuming the Democrats don’t change the Senate succession law for the third time — granted, a big if — the election to replace Kerry will probably take place sometime in May or June. Can John Walsh and his pinky-ring union thugs reassemble their EBT coalition?

The next question is, who’s Brown running against? Last time out, the Democratic machine was able to muscle aside everyone for the fake Indian (and then raise her 
$42 million). But now they won’t have a state convention with its 15 percent requirement for a candidate to get on the primary ballot.

This time, it’s every moonbat for himself. This time, it’ll be more like, gulp, democracy.

Deval Patrick? No, he’s about money. A Senate seat wouldn’t enable him to live in the style his adventures in steam control (as Tom Wolfe would say) at Coke and Texaco have accustomed him to.

Let’s go down the congressional list. Ed Markey’s wanted this seat since 1984, but he could never risk his safe seat, lest he lose and starve to death. One of his only jobs in the Dreaded Private Sector was driving an ice cream truck. Now Mr. Frosty will have a free shot.

Ditto, Mike Capuano. He’s morphed from an unrepentant Somerville hack into a twitchy, MoveOn mouth-breather. Remember his exhortations to his union thugs on the Common about spilling a little blood?

Then there’s Steve Lynch. What would have once been his electoral strengths are now a toxic stew of liabilities — Irish-Catholic, South Boston, heterosexual, former ironworker.

To more than half of today’s Democrats, Lynch is a walking hate crime.

Scott Brown will be at the Booksmith Musicsmith in Orleans at 1 tomorrow.

Bring signs. Also bring money.

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/howie_carr/2012/12/setting_stage_scott_brown_vs_world

25 posted on 12/14/2012 12:32:12 PM PST by raccoonradio
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